Wednesday, January 13, 2010

7.0 Earthquake in Haiti

The Star reported today that the strongest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti on Tuesday, collapsing a hospital where people screamed for help and heavily damaging the National Palace, U.N. peacekeeper headquarters and other buildings.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centered about 10 miles (15 kilometers) west of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 5 miles (8 kilometers), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

U.S. officials reported bodies in the streets and an aid official described "total disaster and chaos." United Nations officials said a large number of U.N. personnel were unaccounted for.

Communications were widely disrupted, making it impossible to get a full picture of damage as powerful aftershocks shook a desperately poor country where many buildings are flimsy.

Electricity was out in some places.

Below is what I roughly put together on the extent of the damage as a result:

- "there must be thousands of people dead," according to a spokeswoman for the aid group, Sara Fajardo.

- it was just total disaster and chaos, that there were clouds of dust surrounding Port-au-Prince

- "They reported structures down. They reported a lot of walls down. They did see a number of bodies in the street and on the sidewalk that had been hit by debris. So clearly, there's going to be serious loss of life in this,"

- the headquarters of the 9,000-member Haiti peacekeeping mission and other U.N. installations were seriously damaged.

- "Contacts with the U.N. on the ground have been severely hampered. For the moment, a large number of personnel remain unaccounted for."

- a portion of the National Palace had disintegrated.

- "Buildings collapsed all over the place,"

- "We have lives that are destroyed. ... It will take at least two or three days for people to know what's going on."

- Elsewhere in the capital, a U.S. government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine.

- a small hotel near their home had collapsed, with people inside.

- "They told me it was total chaos, a lot of devastation,"

- "buildings were crumbling right and left" near the national palace.

- With phones down, some of the only communication came from social media such as Twitter.

- The news, based mostly on second-hand reports and photos, was disturbing, with people screaming in fear and roads blocked with debris.

- "Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken,"

- "The sky is just gray with dust."

Source..The Star:
Major quake hits Haiti; many casualties expected
More pictures..


  1. Haih...another disaster. :(

  2. More earthquakes coming especially in South America and China in 2010, according to Lillian Too.

  3. Oh my... another disaster. :(

  4. So early in 2010, seems to be full of disaster already.So sad.

    Hey, HappySurfer,how come I do not see you around my blogs? Come over lah.


  5. our Earth is becoming more and more vulnerable.. may god bless the victims of the earthquake..

  6. May they be free from mental and physical suffering.

  7. Both Tokyo and California are waiting for the 'Great One'...

  8. I feel so terrified just by looking at the photos. I hope nothing like that will happen again (although the scriptures say it will. I just hope not too soon or not in our lifetime).